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Bring SFU and FASS to your classroom with our guest speaker opportunities! We have a roster of highly successful FASS graduate students who are keen to share their research and career journeys with your students. Each speaker will bring a unique perspective to their presentation and will add value to the learning experience by sharing their knowledge and expertise in a humanities and social sciences subject.
Presentations are subject to change and limited to availability.
Learn more about the speakers available to visit your schools.
Robin Barrett is a current graduate student in the Psychology Program at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Mark Blair. After finishing a Diploma in Arts from Langara College in 2014, they went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at SFU while also volunteering at the SFU Cognitive Science Lab. At this lab, they work on a diverse array of projects relating to the study of how people learn and acquire skills over time, using eyetracking, eSports replay files, and more recently, immersive virtual reality. Robin’s master's thesis will focus on how technology can be used to track the learning progress and guide improvements to the development of training programs.
Madison Edge Almond is a second-year MA student in the clinical-forensic psychology graduate program at Simon Fraser University. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at Simon Fraser University, where she was involved in multiple forensic-oriented psychology research labs and completed an Honours thesis examining student perceptions of university sexual violence policy. During her undergraduate degree, she served as a teaching assistant and helped students find their way around campus as a tour guide and Student Information Assistant at Student Central. Madison currently spends her time conducting research on the prediction of violence and the intersection of mental illness and the legal system.
Kate Elliott is an Interdisciplinary PhD student at SFU. Her past research has examined working lives of informal recyclers, cemeteries as public green space, and food security through community engagement. Currently, Kate is tracking the life stories of shopping carts in urban spaces. She is also the director of Wayfinding for Restorative Methods, an initiative supported by the Low-Carbon Research Methods Group, an international collective of scholars and artists working to lower carbon in academia. A former high school teacher, Kate has been an instructor for SFU’s Continuing Studies (“Urban Dirt”), FASS Forward (“Write-Minded”), and for a graduate course in Urban Research Methods. She has worked as a public health researcher, translator, and cemetery assistant. Kate holds degrees from SFU (M.Urb), the University of Ottawa (B.Ed), and UBC (BA).
Reema Faris is a PhD candidate with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She holds an MA in Graduate Liberal Studies from SFU, a BA, and MBA from other Canadian universities and has worked as a Teaching Assistant in various SFU departments. Her 2017 TEDxGastownWomen presentation demonstrates her interest in popular culture and feminism and her most recent research inquiry centres on the figure of the woman reader. Before resuming her academic career, Ms. Faris served one term as Trustee for the West Vancouver Board of Education after many years as a communications professional with a variety of public and private sector organizations. She is also a mother who is guiding a fourth-year undergraduate through life as an artist. A past member of Vancouver Opera’s Board of Directors and a Philosophers’ Café moderator, she is an avid traveller, a chocolate enthusiast, and often dreams of Paris.
Soraya Janus is a PhD student with the School of Criminology and Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University. Her work focuses on miscarriages of justice / wrongful convictions, false confessions and false guilty pleas, vulnerable populations bringing together current sociological, criminological, legal research, and current case-law examples. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from SFU in 2018, specializing in Canadian law and victimology. Currently, Soraya works full-time for the Delta Police Department as an acting-supervisor. She is a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council with the B.C. Cancer Agency and a board members with the Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ). Soraya spent over 7 years volunteering as a case worker with Delta Police Victim Services – working and supporting victims of crime and trauma. She has experience with supporting victims as they maneuver through traumatic events, criminal investigations, and the justice system. She is the Co-Founder of the “Social Echoes: Learning to Unlearn” a group initiative of graduate and undergraduate students committed to advancing public awareness of restorative justice values, principles, and practices. Soraya is passionate about her advocacy in helping others and excited to share her knowledge with students.
Sherif Salem is a current MA Philosophy student at SFU. He holds an MSc. in Economics from Queen Mary University of London, and an MA in Philosophy from the American University in Cairo. He is interested in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of logic/mathematics, metaphilosophy, history of analytic philosophy, and non-western philosophical traditions (particularly, Islamic philosophy and African philosophy). He is also the co-founder of the Middle East Society for Analytic Philosophy
Leah is a PhD candidate in the history department at SFU. She completed her previous history degrees at the University of Toronto and at King's College, London. History is an easy fit for her, as she is someone who loves stories, social justice, and research. Her passions are teaching, reading, and choral singing.